According to ESPN, Las Vegas Police are re-opening a criminal investigation into Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo at the request of the woman — Kathryn Mayorga — who, in a civil suit, claims he sexually assaulted her in a hotel room back in 2009.
“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim,” a police statement reads. “This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time.”
Ronaldo and his camp are claiming “fake news,” of course. But here’s the thing: they aren’t refuting the claims. They’re just dismissing them. And that’s not a strong start to a potential defense.
Mayorga’s lawyer, however — Leslie Mark Stovall — isn’t having the “fake news” bit. Far from it, in fact.
“…the physical evidence of her sexual assault … answers to written questions regarding the sexual assault … the circumstances surrounding the purported agreement for settlement and non disclosure, and the psychological injuries suffered by Ms. Mayorga are not ‘fake news,’” Stovall writes.
At the time, Ms. Mayorga “did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.”
However, Vegas police did say that a medical exam was conducted at the time. As for the civil suit, it alleges that Ms. Mayorga was coerced into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 in an out-of-court settlement. The exchange? $375,000.
Speaking of not great, Ronaldo’s recent comments.
“You want to promote by my name. It’s normal,” he says. “They want to be famous, to say my name. But it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good.”
On the pitch, Ronaldo is enjoying a successful spell with Juventus. Off it, though, he and his camp have work to do. But they’re not off to a convincing start. That’s for sure. Right now, his representatives are calling the report “a piece of journalistic fiction.”
But that doesn’t magically make this go away.